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"Salafists" a shocking French documentary risking censorship

"Salafists" a shocking French documentary risking censorship
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-'Salafists-' is a shocking documentary that will surely make a great controversy. The movie shows a hitherto invisible reality of radical Islam. Two...

"Salafists" is a shocking documentary that will surely make a great controversy. The movie shows a hitherto invisible reality of radical Islam. Two French directors François Margolin and Lemine Ould M. Salem have met Salafists in Mauritania, Mali andTunisia.

They allowed them to speak, to give their own vision of the world. Their speeches are occasionally intercut with propaganda images, displaying corporal punishments and executions.
One part of the movie is dedicated to Charlie Hebdo terror attacks in which police officer Ahmed Merabet is being executed by a terrorist.

The movie is supposed to be released tomorrow in France. However, as last Thurdsay showing at International Festival of audiovisual programmes went eventful, media attention was immediatly drawn on this movie.

Sensitive content and the way it is shot are the reasons why this movie become polemical. "Salafists" displays excessive violent images without voiceover narration which could help contextualize and take some distance from these excerpts.

According to French newspaper Télérama, the movie is currently being categorised and was supplemented with a warning. In addition, individuals under age 18 are prohibited from watching it. This kind of prohibition supplemented with a warning was never given to any other movie before. The decision not to release the movie is now in the hands of French Ministery of Culture.

Police officer execution and hand amputation scenes had been cut off in a new edition of the movie.


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